We picked a nice win every night, to conduct our record to 5-2 on the week once we endorsed the St. Louis Cardinals in the home against the Milwaukee Brewers. This seemed like a fairly evenly matched game, however I enjoyed backing the Cards in the home because they had the fourth-best house winning percentage in the majors heading into last night’ s game. The Brewers had struggled on the road all year and had dropped five out of their last seven matches. Therefore, once the Cardinals moved from home favorites, to money, it generated more value, and I jumped all over the Cardinals.
The match was a good deal closer than you might be shown by the last score as the score was 1-0 through five innings. St. Louis created a somewhat contentious decision to pull on starting pitcher Michael Wacha, that was totally cruising, after only four innings of work since they ended pinch-hitting to get Wacha with the bases loaded at the bottom of the fourth.
They couldn’t capitalize on the scoring chance, and with Wacha out of this sport, the bullpen gave up their 1-0 lead, allowing two runs in the sixth inning. In my pick yesterday I mentioned I looked to fade the bullpen, who abused the past several games and have been used. And once Milwaukee turned things over to the pen, the wheels fell off to the Brewers.
St. Louis ended up scoring eight runs on five distinct Milwaukee replacements in only four innings. The big hit was a dual by Dexter Fowler that awakened a 2-2 tie and gave the Cards the lead permanently. With the win, the Cardinals placed the Brewers at the Central Division race and more distance between themselves.
Milwaukee is now fading quickly and four games back. The Chicago Cubs stay just a half a game back of the Cardinals and found a triumph against the San Francisco Giants. It looks like it is going to be a finish for the ages this year in the NL Central Division. For the choice of today, we’ll visit Pittsburgh, where the Nationals are hosted by the Pirates.
The Washington Nationals have been at Pittsburgh Wednesday for game three of a four-game show against the Pirates. The series is tied up in game apiece going tonight. The Nats have gone out of playoff have a one-game lead over the Cubs for the wild card slot in the NL, and right now shot to card favorites in a couple of week’s time. The Nationals have won ten from the last two matches.
For the Pirates, they had done a decent job of staying aggressive most of the season, by dropping eight consecutive games to fall out of their playoff conversation but they started . The Pirates are in the central, a fifteen and a half games back of the Cardinals in last place for first place, and have dropped four out of the last six games.
Starting tonight for the Nationals is Patrick Corbin (9-5 3.34 ERA), and for the Pirates it’s Joe Musgrove (8-11 4.59 ERA). The game complete over-under is place at nine runs. The Nationals are -145 street favorites. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 PM PST from PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
Patrick Corbin was brought in to be a powerful number three at the Washington turning behind Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. And for the most part, he’s lived up to that hype. Corbin is top five in the NL in strikeouts with 180. A couple of him? Scherzer and Strasburg. Along with also his ERA is a really respectable 3.34.
In Julyhe was almost unhittable as he had a 1.94 ERA in six starts, and the Nationals won five out of these sox games. As he got roughed up by the Arizona Diamondbacks, in August he started out a bit slow, but in his past two starts, he’s thrown a twelve innings and has allowed just three earned runs. Since he pitched seven innings, allowing only one run while striking out a season-high eleven against the Pirates earlier this year, Corbin tossed a gem.
Joe Musgrove has a large job at hand tonight. This Nationals team has decided to start moving the bats here in August. Washington had scored runs in five of the previous five games before last night’s match and is currently leading the National League in runs. We saw how strong this Washington offense is in game one of the series in which they scored thirteen runs.
Musgrove was solid in his last start against the Chicago Cubs, but also for the month of Augusthe has a 0-2 record with a 7.31 ERA in 3 starts. This man had an ERA of two runs in the end of April, but he has struggled since then. He has permitted five runs or more at a start seven times as May 1st. Ouch.
This is a mismatch. We see a good deal of these late in this summer where a single team is pushing hard for the playoffs, and evaluate talent for the future and the other team is hoping to play the remainder of the season out. Winning isn’t a priority for the Pirates, and it shows. So, obviously, the side is Washington. Along with the cost is unattractive.
But when I look at the run line, I see I can get the Nats with a few dog money. That sounds hot! Corbin is likely to completely shut down this team tonight. Remember when I discussed that the Nats lead the NL in scoring here in August? As they are fourteenth scored well, the Pirates have been on the end of the spectrum. With just the hapless Miami Marlins one run .
I visit Corbin putting us six or seven innings with lots of strikeouts, along with the Nationals beating at Joe Musgrove. I really don’t know whether it is going to get out of hand if the Pirates were penalized by the Nationals on fifteen hits, as it did in game but, but it just might. Either way I view that the Nationals cruising by runs to the victory, so I go to the payout and will take advantage of this rush line. Give the Washington Nationals laying a jog and a half tonight in game three to me!
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